San Angelo, TX Stock Show & Rodeo
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The San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo isn’t the biggest rodeo in Texas, but it has come a long way in elevating its status among the most anticipated and lucrative events of the early-season run.
The event includes competitions in steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and steer roping.
There are a lot of bucks involved with the annual San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo – and not just bucking broncos. The event, which began in 1932, is known for being one of the highest-paying stops on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit. It is the sixth-largest rodeo with regard to pay scale, and it brings $10 million into the San Angelo local economy each year. Contestants vie for a total purse of approximately $450,000.
The event touches the lives of almost every citizen of San Angelo and the surrounding area. In addition to attracting approximately 100,000 people, hundreds of volunteers, from grandparents to grandkids, put the annual event together.
A portion of the money raised funds scholarships for area high school students who participate in 4-H, FFA and FHA programs. The annual livestock show involves more than 3,000 youths showing up to 7,000 animals. A premium sale provides 30 annual scholarships to the students who attend an accredited Texas university, college or technical school.
The first San Angelo livestock show was held in the spring of 1932 at the polo grounds north of town. Organizers added a rodeo and moved the event to the fairgrounds on the north side of the city in 1934. A tornado devastated the Lake View community and fairgrounds in 1953, and association members then began an effort to build an indoor arena for the event. In 1959, the first rodeo performances were held in the San Angelo Coliseum, which is now the home of the PRCA rodeo.
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